encampment

noun

en·​camp·​ment in-ˈkamp-mənt How to pronounce encampment (audio)
en-
1
a
: the place where a group (such as a body of troops) is encamped
b
: the individuals that make up an encampment
2
: the act of encamping : the state of being encamped

Examples of encampment in a Sentence

a recreational area that will serve as this year's encampment for the Scouts' jamboree
Recent Examples on the Web The 67-year-old then started to make his way to the farm encampment, where several of the workers lived. Salvador Hernandez, Los Angeles Times, 5 Apr. 2024 Authorities found three stabbing victims at the encampment near railroad tracks that run parallel to the Sacramento River, according to radio dispatches. Ishani Desai, Sacramento Bee, 4 Apr. 2024 The city would also have to enforce the ban, even without shelter space, whenever an encampment threatened the public’s health and safety. Tammy Murga, San Diego Union-Tribune, 4 Apr. 2024 Addressing Homelessness: More than a year into her term, Mayor Karen Bass of Los Angeles has cleared encampments and moved thousands of people into motels in a bid to prove that homelessness can be solved. Jill Cowan, New York Times, 31 Mar. 2024 The $25 million the city will need to spend to clear 1,000 homeless people from encampments along creeks and rivers by June 2024, in response to a mandate from the San Francisco Bay Regional Water Quality Control Board. Kate Talerico, The Mercury News, 13 Mar. 2024 Many officials in the West, on the other hand, say the decision has prevented them from managing a surge in encampments on sidewalks, in parks, and other public places. Claire Rush, The Christian Science Monitor, 6 Mar. 2024 Some lived in a large tent encampment near the busy, industrial intersection of Massachusetts Avenue and Melnea Cass Boulevard. E. Tammy Kim, The New Yorker, 20 Mar. 2024 That could have disastrous consequences for Gazans, who are facing an acute hunger crisis and displacement in crowded shelters and tent encampments. Robert Jimison, New York Times, 20 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1598, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of encampment was in 1598

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“Encampment.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/encampment. Accessed 16 Apr. 2024.

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encampment

noun
en·​camp·​ment in-ˈkamp-mənt How to pronounce encampment (audio)
1
: the act of encamping : the state of being encamped
2
: the site of a camp

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